The Queensland Government has been forced to defend letting thousands of people attend today’s NRL clash in Brisbane, despite tough COVID-19 restrictions being enforced across the state.
Local business owners have slammed what they’ve described as “double standards” as they’re forced to abide by strict capacity limits and restrictions.
For at least the next two weeks, businesses in a number of local government areas across the state, including Brisbane and the Gold Coast, have to abide by the one person per four square metre rule.
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Funerals and weddings have been capped at 100 people, with dancing at weddings limited to 20.
Unvaccinated Queenslanders over the age of 70 have also been urged to limit their movements.
The rules have sparked confusion, with today’s Brisbane Broncos clash with the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium given the green light to go ahead with around 14,000 tickets sold.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the State’s top doctor said she remained confident outdoor stadiums don’t pose a risk.
Dr Young said to date, there has not been one outbreak at any of our stadiums.
Dr Young said she believes stadiums are “in fact safer than a lot of indoor venues”.